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Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to Pakistan- Part 1

Mr General Retired Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to the Pakistani Politics for the next national elections. He has announced that he wants to provide the 3rd option to the Pakistani people with strong leadership.

Source: swingstateofmind.com

With the incompetency of the present Pakistani administration, and the resulting deterioration of the Pakistani society, Musharraf’s announcement has fulfilled his fan’s hopes. However, there is a concern among many others. The tenure of Musharraf as the dictator of Pakistan was not the era of idealism in the history of Pakistan as Musharraf might have envisioned. His idealism of Enlightened Modernism came back to hound him and led to his resignation in order to avoid the legal consequences of trashing the Pakistani constitution.

That history aside, I have my own concerns. I liked Pervez Musharraf when he took over Pakistan in a bloodless coup in 1999 and I still do for his personality. He has the leadership skills but his ideals and principles are very worrisome.

If Musharraf would run for the Presidency of Pakistan, people will vote him (actually his party) for his personality not for his (or his party’s) ideals. This is the mental plague the Pakistani people are facing today. The problems of Pakistan will never resolve if this mentality of hero-worship continues. People of Pakistan should look at the ideals & principles of the man and party before they vote.

His Values & Principles:

A] His ideals include Enlightened Moderation:-

In the words of Pervez Musharraf:
“The world has been going through a tumultuous period since the dawn of the 1990s, with no sign of relief in sight. The suffering of the innocents, particularly my brethren in faith — the Muslims — at the hands of militants, extremists and terrorists has made it all the more urgent to bring order to this troubled scene. In this spirit, I would like to set forth a strategy I call Enlightened Moderation.” The Washington Post June 1st 2004, A23.
He explained back in 2004 that this strategy is two-fold. First are the Muslims and that they have to shun violence, and extremism and that they need to be moderate in Islam. The second part of the strategy is the West, especially the United States that it needs to deal the issues of global politics with justice.
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From Ascribed Identities to the world of Self-Identification

Just as modernity altered the way individuals understood their relationship to society at large, so did it fundamentally change the way individuals understood themselves. It used to be that a person’s identity was defined by the society to which he or she belonged. But as society was increasingly deemed to be nothing more than the product of human imagination, so too were social identities cast aside as mere human constructions. After all, if there are numerous alternatives to the present social order, there must also be numerous alternatives to the identities that society ascribes to us. Thus, with the rise of modernity, new collective identities began to arise, constructed not through societal mandates but through conscious self-reflection—not “Who do you say I am?” but “Who do I say I am?” In short, the modern age has ushered a transition from a world in which identities were bestowed to a world in which identities can be gained or lost through deliberate action—from a world of ascribed identities to a world of self-identification.”

[Page 132-133 Chapter Six- Generation E]

Source: Reza Aslan. How to win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the end of the War on Terror. Random House, New York, 2009.

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International Conference on “Islam, Modernity” starts

ISLAMABAD, Jun 4 (APP):The speakers here at a conference on “Islam, Modernity” observed that Islam is a universal religion and the difficulties for the religion do not arise because of any scientific development.

They also called for bridging the gap between Islam and the West through demonstrating and promoting the Islamic message of peace and tolerance.

The 2-day international conference on “Islam and Modernity” started here Wednesday at the International Islamic University (IIU).

Leading scholars and experts from Pakistan and abroad delivered lectures and presented papers during the inaugural session.

Rector IIU, Dr Manzoor Ahmed addressing the conference said that “The problem of modernity lies in trying to find out whether certain alternative systems can be built which may not be totally in consonance with the classical deductive system, yet they reflect the true spirit of Islam.”

“The difficulties for Islam do not arise because of any scientific development but because of the changes in perception about social structures and systems,” he added.

Prof. Khurshid Ahmad addressing the conference said “There are a lot of differences between Muslims and the followers of other religions but there is great space for tolerating each other.”

Renowned scholars including M. Shahid Alam, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Noman-ul-Haq delivered lecture the topic “What went wrong: The Encounter with Modernity and Diagnoses of Muslim civilizational Decline.”

Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan, Tamara Sonn from USA, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Khaled Ahmed and Salman Sayyid expressed their views on the topic “Muslim responses to modernity and Globalization: Contradictions, Tensions and Possibilities”.

The opening session was also addressed by President IIU, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, Executive Director of the IRD, Dr Mumtaz Ahmed and Director IRD, Zakir Muhammed Jauhar.

Leading Scholars including Misbah Saboohi, Asad Farooq, Ashis Nandy and M. Shahid Alam will deliver lectures on the topic of “Towards Utopia of Modernity: Development and progress in the Muslim world” during the concluding session of the conference.


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International Conference On ‘Islam and Modernity’

ISLAMABAD: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is arranging a two-day international conference on ‘Islam and Modernity’ on June 4 and 5 (Wednesday and Thursday) at new auditorium, Faisal Mosque Campus.

Inaugural session will start on Wednesday at 10:00am. Leading scholars and experts from Pakistan and abroad will deliver their lectures and present papers in working sessions of the conference.

In the first working session, M Shahid Alam, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Noman-ul-Haq, and Khurshid Ahmad will speak on ‘What went wrong: the encounter with modernity and diagnoses of Muslim civilization decline’. Prof Khurshid Ahmed will be the chief guest of this session.

In the second session on the same day, Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan, Tamara Sonn, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar, Khaled Ahmed and salman Sayyid would present their thoughts on ‘Muslim responses to modernity and globalization: contradictions, tensions and possibilities’. Rector IIUI Prof Manzoor Ahmed would honour the session as the chief guest.

The activities of the second day would start at 11:30am. Misbah Saboohi, Asad Farooq, Suroosh Irfani, Ashis Nandy and M Shahid Alam would speak on ‘towards utopia of modernity’ and development and progress in the Muslim world’. Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Dr Khalid Masud would be the chief guests of the session.

Mushahid Hussain, Salman Sayyid, Pervaz Hoodbhoy, Fawzia Afzal Khan and Mumtaz Ahmed, in the second session on the same day, would enlighten the audience on ‘fundamentalist obscurantism or laboratory resistance: perspectives on the Islamic revival’. President IIUI Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqiui would be the chief guest of the session.

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